Sedition probe over dedak-duit raya cartoon

Nga Kor Ming khlaid

PETALING JAYA: Perak DAP leader Nga Kor Ming faces police investigation for sedition and offences related to religion for an image posted on his Facebook fan page linking “duit raya” with “dedak”.

The image, which bore the heading “Hanya di Malaysia di bawah Umno, Selamat Hari Raya,” has since been deleted.

The Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, criticised Nga’s posting, saying that it had belittled Islam.

“This is something that should have not been done by someone who is a YB,” he said. (Nga is MP for Taiping.) “We are a diverse country so I urge the public to be careful in whatever statement they make.”

Several police reports were lodged against Nga which said he had posted a Hari Raya Aidilfitri message on July 6 which bore a cartoon depicting children saying that they did not seek duit raya on this occasion but donations, or “dedak” if duit raya were not forthcoming.

The use of “dedak”, or chicken feed, was popularised by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and picked up by opposition supporters against those who have received government or political handouts.

Khalid confirmed that several reports had been lodged against Nga’s Facebook posting “so we have started investigations under Section 298 of the Penal Code for offences related to religion and also the Sedition Act”.

The cartoon was the second time in a week that Nga was embroiled in controversy for Hari Raya messages.

He came under fire for an “American Raya” message for Hari Raya posted on July 5.

The posting bore Hari Raya greetings and an accompanying text link to a Hari Raya video. However it was overshadowed by a large photograph with the American flag in the background to a lighthouse with the heading “Lord, Guide Our Nation Back To You”. The image also bore the words “In God We Trust” and an image of hands in prayer.

The image was subsequently deleted after a barrage of criticism.

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